Amnesty International priorities at the Human Rights Council

Buddhist monks, accompanied by civilians, march on a street in a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar.

Buddhist monks, accompanied by civilians, march on a street in a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Session-specific priorities

In addition to general priorities outlined below, Amnesty International focuses on specific thematic as well as country-related issues at each session of the Council. The organization believes that action by the Council could contribute to enhancing respect for human rights in those areas.

Amnesty International's key priority is to ensure that the Human Rights Council takes effective action to promote and protect human rights. An important part of this is lobbying on institutional and procedural aspects of the Council to ensure that it is as effective and authoritative a human rights body as possible. Amnesty International does this through activities such as:

Election of Member States to the Council: Amnesty International considers that the election of Council members that are genuinely committed to human rights is an essential prerequisite for an effective Human Rights Council.

Appointment of Special Procedures mandate-holders: The appointment of independent, impartial, competent and expert women and men from all regions of the world is essential to ensuring an effective system of Special Procedures.

Universal Periodic Review (UPR): In order to contribute to the Council's efforts to promote and protect human rights in all countries, the UPR must focus on key human rights challenges in countries under review and propose concrete measures to enhance respect for human rights.

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